The outgoing Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel has called on European nations to isolate and quarantine all inbound Brits despite the United Kingdom being far ahead of Germany in vaccinations and far below Germany in the 7-day rolling average of coronavirus deaths per capita.
“In our country, if you come from Great Britain you have to go into quarantine – and that’s not the case in every European country, and that’s what I would like to see” she said to politicians in the Bundestag.
The demands will hinder government plans to open up international travel for UK citizens following the stunning success of our vaccine roll-out – which now sees Brits 50% more likely than Germans to have had both shots of the coronavirus-beating medicine.
Government ministers want to ease rules on fully vaccinated Brits going abroad, letting them return home without self-isolating if they’ve visited a country on the amber list.
But despite two-thirds of Britain’s population being vaccinated – and nearly half of the country having received both doses of the vaccine – Merkel has banned Brits from entering the country entirely unless they have residency rights or an “urgent” humanitarian reason.
She’s based her call for harsher Europe-wide action against British travellers on the prevalence of the Indian variant, now known as the delta variant, in the UK – in a bid to punish Brits for the fact that the UK is carrying out roughly ten times more Covid-19 tests per capita than her country, naturally revealing more cases.
It also flies in the face of the fact that the 7-day rolling average of deaths in Germany is running at four times the figures in the UK, as shown by data-crunching boffins at tops stats website OurWorldInData, suggesting that the situation is more dire in the EU powerhouse.
Her comments come just three months ahead of fresh German elections, in which she will not be a candidate for Chancellor.
Her successor as CDU leader, Armin Laschet, is said to be a near-carbon copy of Ms Merkel but is struggling to enthuse German voters, with the country’s left-wing Green Party topping a number of German opinion polls in the months of April and May.